WATCH: Duggar Parents Explain Molestation Claims Against Son, Josh Duggar
Josh Duggar, the eldest of the Duggar children, recently confessed to inappropriately touching five females after an initial police report filed over a decade ago was released to the public. Four out of five of the alleged victims are his sisters.
Josh first revealed this secret to his parents when he was 14 years-old. Michelle was stunned by her son’s behavior. “We were shocked. We were just devastated. I don’t think any parent is prepared for a trauma like that.”
His sisters only became aware of their brother’s wrongdoing after the fact as he abused them while they were asleep.
Michelle and Jim Bob scrambled to mend Josh on their own before ultimately deciding to send him away for Christian rehabilitation treatment in Little Rock, Arkansas. Jim Bob described, “”After the third time [Josh] came to us was when we felt like, ‘We’ve done everything we can as parents. We need to get outside help.'”
The Duggar parents are pointing fingers at Police Chief Kathy O’Kelley, an official involved in the primary phases of the case, for only releasing the records as of late. In Michelle’s words:
Josh had talked to her one day at a meeting and he said hi to her and stuck out his hand and she turned and wouldn’t talk to him. She was getting ready to retire and just even a few weeks ago she said, ‘I’m getting ready to retire and there’s a few things I want to do before I retire,'” he recalled. “I think I was on the list.”
Critics are calling for O’Kelley to be fired for releasing juvenile records and violating the privacy of Duggar’s victims.
19 Kids and Counting floats in renewal purgatory as advertisers sever ties with the TLC hit. However, Michelle and Jim Bob are primarily focused on resettling their family to normalcy. “We’re going to enjoy our children and enjoy our grandchildren and continue on with life,” Michelle stated, looking to the future with optimism.
The Duggars have tapped on P.R. expert and trusted adviser to Mike Huckabee, Chad Gallagher, to tell their story as they pursue legal action. They remain forgiving of their child despite the severity of his actions.
Every one of us has done things wrong. That’s why Jesus came. There’s an agenda, and there’s people that are purposing to try to bring things out and twisting them to hurt and slander.
You can watch the family’s first interview with Megyn Kelly in the video featured above. The hour-long special, featuring commentary from sisters Jessa and Jill Duggar, airs Friday, June 5 on Fox News at 9 p.m. EST.